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  • NJ S2061
  • Increases accidental death benefit to 70% of final compensation for surviving children of SPRS or PFRS member; redefines child in SPRS.*
Introduced
(4/21/2016)
In Committee
(6/16/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/23/2016)
Passed
(6/27/2016)
Signed
(8/18/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
Under current law, if a member of the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) dies in the performance of duty, the surviving spouse receives a pension of 70% of final compensation or of adjusted final compensation, as appropriate, for the use of that spouse and the children of the deceased. If there is no surviving spouse or in case the spouse dies, 20% of final compensation or of adjusted final compensation, as the case may be, is paid annually to one surviving child, 35% to two surviving children in equal shares, and 50% to three or more children in equal shares. If there is no surviving spouse or child, 25% of final compensation is paid annually to one surviving parent or 40% to two surviving parents in equal shares. This bill increases the percentage of final compensation or adjusted final compensation to 70% for a surviving child, or for surviving children in equal shares, when there is no surviving spouse or the surviving spouse dies. Current law defines "adjusted final compensation" as the amount of final compensation or final compensation as adjusted, as the case may be, increased by the same percentage increase which is applied in any adjustments of the compensation schedule of active members after the member's death and before the date on which the deceased member of the retirement system would have accrued 25 years of service under an assumption of continuous service, at which time the amount resulting from such increases becomes fixed and will be the basis for annual cost of living adjustments, if any. Current law defines "child" as a deceased member's or retirant's unmarried child either (a) under the age of 18 or (b) of any age who, at the time of the member's or retirant's death, is disabled because of an intellectual disability or physical incapacity, is unable to do any substantial, gainful work because of the impairment and the impairment has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, as affirmed by the SPRS medical board. The bill changes this definition to include a child 18 years of age or older and enrolled in a secondary school, or under the age of 24 and enrolled in a degree program in an institution of higher education for at least 12 credit hours in each semester, provided that the member died in active service as a result of an accident met in the actual performance of duty at some definite time and place, and the death was not the result of the member's willful misconduct. This change would make the definition of "child" identical to the definition of "child" in the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS). This change in the definition would apply for the annual benefit available under current law, when there is no surviving spouse or the surviving spouse dies, to a surviving child in the event of a member's accidental death in the performance of duty, ordinary death in active service, or death after retirement. If enacted, the change in the definition of child and the amount of the benefit to a surviving child would apply to a benefit initially granted on or after January 1, 2016 to a surviving child; however, the increase in the amount of the benefit would only be paid prospectively. No retroactive payments would be made.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate, State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
Approved P.L.2016, c.26.  (on 8/18/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
8/18/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.26.
6/27/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (78-0-0)
6/27/2016 A Substituted for A3610 (1R)
6/23/2016 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
6/23/2016 S Passed by the Senate (39-0)
6/16/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/16/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 6/16/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
5/5/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
5/5/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/5/2016 Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Hearing (13:00 5/5/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
5/5/2016 Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Hearing (13:00 5/5/2016 Committee Room 7, 2nd Floor)
4/21/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 78 0 2
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A3610 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/23/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 39 0 1
Detail 6/16/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 5/5/2016 Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0